Did you know that you can do simple yoga poses for hormonal balance? In fact, the practice of yoga has many other benefits than just increasing your flexibility enough to bend your body into pretzel-like shapes. Both men and women can benefit from a number of easy, hormone balancing yoga poses.
But first, let’s look at the science behind this easy way to keep your hormonal system in balance.
The Endocrine System
The endocrine system produces, stores, and distributes the hormones through certain gland and organs body. Simple yoga poses stimulate these glands and organs, which helps to maintain better hormonal balances throughout the body. Keeping the body’s hormones regulated produces many benefits, such as:
- Stress relief
- Increased libido
- Better sleep patterns
- Increased skin elasticity
- Blood sugar control
- Increased metabolism
These are just some of the benefits you might experience when you do yoga for hormonal balance. However, you will be happy to learn that the following poses do not include actually twisting your body into a pretzel. You can enjoy these simple poses in the comfort of your own home, the office, on the beach…just about anywhere. In fact the only thing you need to perform these simple yoga poses for hormone balance is your body itself.
Three, EASY Hormone Balancing Yoga Poses:
The three yoga poses below can stimulate the hormone-producing glands in your body, helping them to maintain optimal function, naturally (click here for more western focused endocrine optimization). While the Sanskrit names of the following yoga poses might be difficult to pronounce, the poses themselves are super easy.
Sukhasana or “Easy Pose”
Benefits: This simple yoga pose for hormonal balance is so easy that it’s commonly known as easy pose, sukhasana acts on the adrenal gland, which produces two important types of hormones in the body:
Mineralocorticoids: maintain the body’s salt and water levels which, in turn, regulates blood pressure.
Glucocorticoids: Cortisol, which is a glucocorticoid, is involved in stress response and also helps to regulate the metabolism.
For this pose, sit erect with crossed legs. Place your palms together in front of your chest in a prayer position. With a deep inhale through your nose, lift your shoulders, neck, and spine upward. As you exhale through your nose, roll your shoulders down your back. Repeat for five-ten deep breaths.
Paschimottanasana or “Seated Forward Bend”
Benefits: This posture is yet another simple yoga pose for hormonal balance that stimulates your:
- Thyroid Gland
For this pose, sit with your legs stretched out in front of you and flex your feet. Hinge forward at your hips, walking your hands down your legs and keeping your back flat. Rest with your hands alongside your legs, grabbing the big toes (or whatever is easiest to reach) for five deep breaths.
Bhujangasana or “Cobra Pose”
Benefits: This hormone balancing yoga pose actually massages your adrenal gland. When the adrenal gland is stimulated through this pose, it can enable your body to combat stress and release tension–two things that directly impact your hormonal systme.
For this pose, lie flat on your stomach with your legs together (like the tail of a snake!) , and your palms flat on the floor beside your shoulders. Your head should start by resting flat on the floor. Then, while keeping your feet and the front of your legs pushed into the floor, lift your head and chest upward. Hold this pose for up to a minute, inhaling and exhaling deeply, before lowering yourself back down toward the ground. Repeat this pose a 1-5 times to really enjoy the benefits.
Eastern vs. Western Methods of Hormonal Balance
It’s hard to believe that these three simple yoga poses can contribute to your body’s health in so many ways, but yoga really does stimulate our endocrine system in many ways. In fact, even pressing your hands together in “prayer position” or Anjali Mudra, as it is called in Sanskrit (see the first photo) acts on the pineal and pituitary glands.
Of course, yoga isn’t a cure-all for all types of hormone depletion. Sometimes endocrine/hormone optimization involves more scientific interventions (however, yoga is always an incredible complementary practice for any medical program). At Revitalogy, we offer a variety of methods for balancing your hormones. Whether you are interested in more eastern approaches to your health or more western practices, our comprehensive method gives you choices about how you wish to revitalize your life.
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